Public Schools: New York's Take-Charge Man

The nation's biggest school system has a new chief who is the boss by virtue of having taken vigorous charge of the job. New York City, disappointed in two recent experiences with superintendents hired from outside the system, turned six weeks ago to one of its own, making Bernard Eugene Donovan,* 54, acting superintendent. The schools thus got a stocky, ambitious Irishman who is not only a creature of the system but who loves it. "I've been in it for 35 years and I feel a certain affinity for it," he says. "I see great things that can be...

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